About The Australian Haydn Ensemble



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Skye Macintosh,  Violin and Artistic Director

Skye is the founder and Artistic Director of the Australian Haydn Ensemble.  She has appeared as principal 2nd violin for Pinchgut Opera, as principal 2nd violin with the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, and as a regular member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since 2010.

Skye completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium in 1999. In 2004 she travelled to the UK to study at The Royal Academy of Music, was a regular member of the Britten Pears young artist program, and performed at several UK Festivals. Skye completed a Master of Music degree, at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2011.

Skye has made many concert appearances as soloist and director, and in 2013 attended the Banff Centre with the Australian Haydn Quartet for a Winter Residency, and also performed at The Julliard School. 

Skye performs on a violin crafted by Tomaso Eberle, 1770, Naples. 

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Simone Slattery, Violin

Simone has a passion for music from a wide range of eras, performing on both modern and baroque violin. 

She has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in Australia and overseas, and regularly performs with ensembles such as the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Adelaide Baroque, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, among others. Festival appearances include: the BBC and Snape Proms (UK), Huntington Estate Music Festival, and the Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth International Arts Festivals. 

From 2011 to 2014 Simone was a Britten-Pears Young Artist, performing as concertmaster of both the modern and baroque orchestras.  In 2018 she completed her PhD creating editions and recordings of the little-known violin works of Ernest Bloch.  

Simone performs on a violin crafted by Claude Pierray 1726, Paris.



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James Eccles, Viola

James studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and ANAM, and gained his Masters in Ireland. Following this he worked with the Konzerthaus Orchester and avant-garde rock band AGE in Berlin.

Returning to Sydney in 2007, James has become a sought-after violist, performing with new-music groups such as Ensemble Offspring, presenting and performing in children’s concerts at the Sydney Opera House, performing solo with SBS Youth Orchestra, and working as principal viola with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. As a period instrumentalist, he performs with Pinchgut Opera, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

James has premiered many new works and has also commissioned new Australian works in his role as director of the 2014 Aurora Festival and as co-director of The NOISE String Quartet.

 James performs on a viola crafted by Hiroshi Iizuka, 1992, Philadelphia.


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James Bush, Cello

Winner of the TVNZ Young Musicians Competition and of the National Concerto Competition of New Zealand, James has performed as soloist with all of New Zealand’s leading orchestras.

He has worked regularly over the last 10 years with many of Europe’s leading baroque orchestras including Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Concerto Köln, as well as principal cellist of Al Ayre Español. James has also collaborated for many years with renowned dance company Sasha Waltz and Guests, performing from the Bach cello suites in 50 performances worldwide of the work Gezeiten.

He can be heard performing on recordings released by Sony, Harmonia Mundi, Winter & Winter, and Challenge Classics.

James performs on a cello crafted by Auguste S.P. Bernadel,1842, likely Paris. 

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 Carla Blackwwod, Horn

Australian French Horn Player Carla Blackwood recently returned to Australia after over a decade living in Europe to take up the position of Lecturer in Music in French Horn Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, at the University of Melbourne. 

Prior to this Carla was principal horn of the Tiroler Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck, Austria and horn professor at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium for Music in Innsbruck.

 A passionate chamber musician and lover of variety, Carla regularly performs in a range of orchestras, as a soloist, and in chamber music projects across Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and in her home country Australia, on both modern horn and period instruments. 

Carla's horn is by Andreas Jungwirth, Vienna, 2010 after Johann Anton Lausmann. Grazlitz, c. 1790

Carla appears courtesy of the University of Melbourne